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Elizabeth Joseph - Academic coordinator in Dot school of Design, Chennai
Academic coordinator
Discipline of Textile Design

She is an Alumnus of NID-Ahmedabad. Having completed her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the department fine arts, Stella Maris College, Chennai. She went on to pursue a post graduate diploma course in textile design from NID Ahmedabad. She started off her career in 2011 as the senior designer in a leading export house in Bangalore and then went on to work as a independent textile designer in the field of home textiles, fashion/apparel, costume and styling. Elizabeth is a textile enthusiast and her keen interest towards design education has urged her to take up teaching. She has been teaching different design modules to students at NIFT-chennai for more than 5years. She is currently the academic coordinator & a faculty of textile design at DOT school of design.

Deepika - handling Industrial design department in Dot school of Design
Head of Academics
Discipline of Industrial Design

Deepika has finished her bachelors in Architecture from National Institute of Technology Trichy and moved on to National Institute of Design Ahmedabad to pursue her masters in furniture and spatial design. She has a background of designing spaces and furniture for various concerns; she is also experienced in design education and has been teaching design for school students, design and Architecture institutions. Her area of interests are in Furniture design, Design research and Design education; currently handling the discipline of Industrial design at DOT school of design alongside with her professional practice.

Deepika - handling Industrial design department in Dot school of Design
Discipline of Fine Arts
Ezhilarasan E is a contemporary artist. He has been honoured with the title of ‘Young Talent Artist’ from the joint hands of Hon’ble Governor of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry by south zone cultural Center, Tanjore. He has travelled across the country and portrays his journey of self righteousness in his art works. Several group shows in India and abroad have been a visual treat for the spectators and it has won him several accolades and awards. He has worked as Assistant professor in dept. of Painting, MFA at Tamilnadu Music and Fine Arts University, Chennai, as Painting instructor at Bharathiar Palkalai Koodam, Puducherry. He sees art as a perennial river, the path it takes flourishes happiness. He also believes art is the basic element that provides satisfaction and a peaceful mind. Which leads to ecstasy at a certain point. His vision for students is ‘ let’s unite under art’.
Deepak Panicker - working as visiting faculty at DOT school
Discipline of Fashion Design

Deepak Panicker is a Fashion Design graduate from NIFT Chennai (1998-2001). As one of the seven toppers in India he was nominated for scholarship in Nottingham Trend University, UK for higher studies by Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India in 2001. Winner of the Most Creative Designer for his project "Resurgence of the Obsolete' which was based on discarded billboard vinyl, he worked with CLRI (Central Leather Research Institute), Adyar to transform the vinyl into a leather substitute. He was one of the finalist of the Smirnoff International Fashion Awards. An ardent lover of nature and a self-taught artist he joined College of Fine Arts Trivandrum after graduating in economics. He believes in sustainability & recycling and also an advocate of Biomimicry for innovation. As a freelance designer he has worked for international brands like Primark UK & Ireland, Conforama France, Tesco, etc for more than a decade with graphics, styling, prints and textile design concepts. Considered to be one of the best in India in the field, his work for Caines Clerk used to be sold in Surtex Fair, New York. His passion for Couture garments has been expressed through Wedding Dress & Evening Gown customization. He works as a Guest Faculty, Jury Member and Mentor at Nift Chennai inspiring and motivating young talents with his skills in Advanced Draping, Creative Pattern Making, Graphics, Garment Making & Seminars. He has been associated with Thuli (NGO)for designing and production of up-cycled garments for the unprivileged. He also works closely with Nift Core Team on various projects apart from being a consultant to many brands and training college. At present he is working on his brand of natural and sustainable clothing under the brand name of Lefel for women and kids. He is the founder of Mantiz Atelier Design Studio based in Chennai and also one of the directors of Altheas Apparels Pvt Ltd, and working as Creative Head for both.

Dhwani Shah - Assistant professor in Communication design department in Dot Design school
Discipline of Communication Design

Dhwani Shah, is a graphic designer and an illustrator from Mumbai. She did her graduation in applied art from sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art and her post-graduate diploma in the discipline of graphic design from NID, Ahmedabad . She was awarded the first position in the category of visual communication in the battle of design projects at the Pune design festival 2013. Her work experience begun with TARA books where Dhwani designed multiple books under the mentorship of Gita Wolf and Geetha.V. She also worked with Locopopo studio on illustrating, branding, and packaging design projects. Dhwani later laid her hands on branding and packinging design projects in ‘Therefore may’,Pune. Being a speaker, she has delivered a presentation at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok on making books by hand. Adding to her profile, she has delivered a talk titled 'pushing the boundaries of the physical book in an age writing its obituary' at Melbourne. Her area of interest is editorial illustrations, non-fiction graphic narratives, hand lettering etc and she is currently employed as an assistant professor in communication design at DOT school of design.

Keerthana Ramesh - Discipline of Communication design department in Dot Design school
Keerthana Ramesh
Discipline of Communication Design

Keerthana Ramesh obtained her bachelor’s degree in architecture from C.A.R.E School of Architecture, Trichy. She did her internship on Mud Architecture at Auroville. After 8 months of internship, she was inspired to do eco-friendly construction, with minimal intrusion on the land. She is particularly intrigued by the sensitivity of architecture towards nature and people, as well as discovering new aspects that enrich the spatial experience. After graduation, she has worked with Ar. Senthilnathan at Poetics, Bangalore on a Red Soil Nature play project. Working with various forms and building techniques, she has had the opportunity to work with the transgender community on her thesis which focuses on low-cost housing for the socio-economically underprivileged communities. During the lockdown, she discovered her passion for graphic design and pursued a diploma in the field before beginning employment as a graphic designer.

She considers herself to be in the process of refinement and every day as an opportunity to identify herself through her creations.

Dhwani Shah - Assistant professor in Communication design department in Dot Design school
Discipline of Industrial Design

Karthikeyan Gopinathan is a Product Designer, with a Masters from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Previously a Schmidt-MacArthur Fellow for Circular Economy and BIRAC SIIP fellow in Geriatrics. He has worked with early stage healthcare startups to conceptualise and develop their products and services. He is currently co-creating telemedicine solutions with physiotherapists for their practice.

His interests lie in design-led social innovation with a focus on healthcare and healthy ageing. Some of his work involve building a framework for applying Circular Economy concepts for a medical device at Philips, design of a hearing screener for newborns and service design for an optometry service for rural India.

Subhashini - Working on Spatial Design department in Dot School of Design, Chennai
Discipline of Spatial design

Subashini has completed her Bachelors in Architecture from Hindusthan College Chennai and completed her Masters in Construction management from NICMER, pune. She has an extensive experience in corporate interior fit out as well as in residential design. Her interests has been in up cycling the constructions materials (epoxy, acc block) into furniture making and mural. Currently she is heading the interior design education at DOT school of design along with her professional practice.

Kavitha Priyaarshini - Working on spatial design department in DOT Design school
Discipline of Spatial Design
Kavitha has completed her Bachelor’s in Architecture in Sathayabama University & went on to pursue her masters in Landscape Architecture. She has her interests on design thinking, exterior spatial design, and Landscape design. She has ranked No 1 in her university also receiving the honorable president award for her academics. Her thesis was shortlisted at the national is also thesis open day.
Kavitha Priyaarshini - Working on spatial design department in DOT Design school
Discipline of Spatial Design
Pranitha is a Design enthusiast. She is an alumnus of the University of Westminster, London, UK. Having completed her Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy. She went to pursue her post-graduate Master of Arts in Interior design, specializing in Retail Design. She started her career in 2013 in a leading Multinational Architectural and Retail Design Firm led by Architect Karan Mehra which is present in India and GCC. Synchronously, she has been a Design Consultant for a product design startup The Happiness Factory in Chennai. She has been providing Design and Consultation services for Architecture, Interior Design and Facade design. For Amity University she was an external examiner for the Architectural Jury in 2014, which inspired her to pursue a Design pedagogy.
Vanitha - Assistant faculty at DOT school
Discipline of Spatial Design
Vanitha, completed her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from SVS School of Architecture, Coimbatore. She started her career as a Junior Architect in a Chennai based Firm. Later on, she found out her interest in teaching which led her to share her knowledge with others. As a result, she started her career in teaching as a Design Educator. Currently, she is working as an Assistant faculty in Interior Design Discipline at Dot School of design. She always believes that “the more we share our knowledge the more we gain it as well”.
Prazzi - Working on Fashion Design discipline at DOT school of Design
Discipline of Fashion Design
Prazzi has completed her costume design and fashion from NIFT TEA College of knitwear fashion. She believes that as a good fashion designer one should take care of anything from sketches to textures and patterns from styling outfits to looks. Design education has helped her better to enhance her career in fashion design as well as participating fashion shows as a model. Her motto on career follows Sabyasachi's quote that ' clothes should just be an extension of one's intellect’ .Her career highlights are familiarity with fittings, approvals, pattern making and garment construction, exceptional knowledge of the active wear trends and colors, silhouettes, fabrication, color ways, sewing techniques, trim, strong product design and textile pattern design.
Navaneetha Krishnan - Working on Communication Design
Discipline of Communication Design
Navaneetha Krishnan R is an independent art practitioner from Madurai. He is an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. His major interest is in the exploration of aesthetic expressions of indigenous knowledge systems in Indian cultural landscape. He is currently working on the tradition of Terracotta horses in Tamil Nadu. He is working towards the possibility of an artistic practice that is a site for both art and research.
Siva Sai - Assitant Professor at DOT School
Discipline of Communication Design
Siva Sai Jeevanantham is a documentary photographer based in Chennai, India. He is a graduate of Photography Design from National Institute of Design (NID), India. He was also a student of English journalism from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Jammu and Kashmir. Siva Sai started his photography practice in 2012. In his recent work ‘In the same river,’ he discusses the importance of memory in resistance movement using the family photographs of victims of enforced disappearances in India-controlled Kashmir. ‘In the same river’ was also exhibited in a slideshow event, curated by NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, Co- Founder & Director of Photocircle at Angkor Photo Festival 2019. It will also be part of the 2020 edition of Blurring the lines, curated by Steve Bisson, Lisanne van Happen & John Fleetwood. In his long term documentary project ‘Animals in love’ he questions the boundaries of love by looking at zoophiles. This was exhibited in Obscura Photo Festival in 2019, in Malaysia. Siva Sai has also exhibited his work ‘Avant-Garde Politics’ in Format festival 2019, Photo Israel 2019 and published in PIX magazine in India.
Jegadeesh - Faculty at DOT design school
Founder at Amalgam Design Lab
Jegadeesh, is the founder of Amalgam Design Labs in Chennai. He has expanded his expertise and proficiency, designing and fabricating products for the retail and architecture industry. All his work processes deeply resonate with the ethic of creating physical products that make a difference in the real world. Projects where he has worked with large global retail brands, have helped hone his abilities to go from product ideation to mass manufacturing timely and cost-effectively. This has led him to create a fully equipped design workshop which has the ability to design and manufacture in-house. This serial entrepreneur is now utilizing his vast in-depth knowledge of manufacturing methods and evolving innovative products for aquatic animals and life.
Muzna Nishath - working as visiting faculty at DOT school
Faculty of Design Management
Understanding human behavior, that's her passion. This passion has driven her to explore a wide range of experiences in branding, Designing, consumer research spread over a period of 10 years. With this experience, backed up with an Undergrad from M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women (Chennai) in Visual Com and Post Grad from the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) in Strategic Design Management, she has a knack of understanding any product/service from multiple perspectives with complete focus on the consumers. After running her own consultancy in Dubai for 4 years where she applied her well-honed techniques of design thinking to promote creative practices in different industries. Trained over 10,000 people (and counting) from across the globe in the field of creative thinking and design thinking for all age groups. Currently, she is with EvolveMantra and The Toggle Hub to incorporate the International standards of Design Thinking practices for educational institutions and corporates. She handles the strategic design management for all design disciplines at DOT School of Design.
Sanah Sharma - Faculty at DOT design school
Discipline of Fashion Design
Sanah is a designer, researcher and expert in the field of sustainable fashion. A gold medalist in Fashion Studies, underpinned her determination to pursue a career in fashion. She graduated from Pearl Academy where she was awarded the Best Academic and Most Innovative Collection. Her cutting technique Planar Flux was incorporated into the syllabus at Iowa State University. She also held a session with their graduate level students. She has also published her research collaborating with Springer Publications in the book ‘Models for Sustainable Framework in Luxury Fashion: Luxury and Models’. Her chapter is called ‘The Sustainable Model’. She has had the good fortune to be mentored by renowned designer and cutter Prof. Julian Roberts of the Royal College of Art (London) and has also engaged in multiple international collaborations. Sanah is also now the official Subtraction Cutting expert for India appointed by Prof.Julian Roberts himself.
Binita Ramanathan - Discipline of Fashion Design
Binita Ramanathan
Discipline of Fashion Design

Colors and patterns were something that always intrigued her, which eventually lead her to pursue fashion as a career. After completing her bachelor's degree in fashion from FDDI, Chennai, she began to freelance as a costume stylist. She has worked as a costume stylist for some leading brands and businesses in the country. She has a knack for Fashion Illustrations as well. With this experience, she has started her own clothing label.

Kishori - Discipline of Spatial & Industrial Design
Discipline of Spatial & Industrial Design

With a bachelor’s in Exhibition Design from NID, Ahmedabad, Ms.Kishori has a keen eye for aesthetic communication spaces such as Museums, exhibitions, signages, sets, experiential spaces, etc. Understanding how objects and space interact is one of the most crucial aspects of exhibition design, hence giving her a first-hand experience in understanding the basics of Industrial & Product Design. She has also interned at TATA Elxsi (Pune), Agastya International, an educational institution in Andhra Pradesh. With the hands-on knowledge of developing spatial experiences for visitors, she has also worked with the design studio, Figments from Pune. She believes that design makes our lives more interesting and meaningful. Hence wants to teach her design philosophy to budding designers and has hence taken up a teaching profession at DOT.

Yoganandam - Discipline of Industrial Design
Discipline of Industrial Design

Yoganand VP is a Car & Transportation designer from Milan, Italy. After his post-graduation from Domus Academy in Milan, he worked with multiple international design firms including FIAT, Pininfarina, BTS - Design Innovation srl, FCA-Canada, Landini SpA and more. Yogi expanded his design strength into Industrial, Interior & Graphic Design in the early days of his career. He worked as a Deputy Manager - PD in TI Cycles of India, bringing over 100 products to the Indian bicycle market successfully through brands like BSA, Ladybird, Hercules, Roadeo & Montra. He was also part of the Advance-Design team innovating various industry-first creative concepts. He has also designed various brand identities such as the logo design for TATA International’s bicycle division - “STRYDER”. Having a proven track record in project management roles, combined with demonstrated design experience, Yoganand has worked towards continuous business growth through design. With strong interpersonal & teaching skills, he has the ability to motivate & drive students to mold them into world-class designers.

Purusothaman - Discipline of Fashion Design
r. v. Purusothaman
Discipline of Fashion Design

R V Purusothaman joined NIFT New Delhi with an All India Rank 1 in the national level design entrance exam, and his award-winning fashion blog Purushu Arie was founded in 2009 while studying fashion design in Delhi. At the young age of 19, he was invited by the Fashion Design Council of India to write official show reviews at India Fashion Week, New Delhi. In 2011, Hindustan Times rated Purushu's blog as the most influential blog in New Delhi. Ever since, Purushu has worked with more than 75 retail and luxury brands as a fashion blogger & consultant. Following a stint as menswear designer at Lee Cooper, Mumbai in 2013, Purushu relocated to Chennai where he continued designing and wrote fashion columns for The Hindu newspaper lifestyle segment “Melange”. In 2017, Purushu Arie founded India's first exclusively ungendered fashion label. Purushu's signature silhouettes are utilitarian reinterpretations of traditional Tamil drapes like lungi, pudavai, vetti, saree, keeladai, meladai etc. Purushu Arie's Tamil-Futurism designs not only patrons Tamil heritage clothing but reworks the inherent gender neutrality of traditional Indian clothing.

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